Mudita & Effort
- "The Buddha says that there is a possibility for happiness
lying beyond the happiness that comes
from simply eating and sleeping,
looking after the body
and having a comfortable time.
This possibility is the good news in the Buddha's teachings..."
From: The How & the Why by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
"...the quality of sympathetic joy
challenges our deep assumptions
about aloneness, loss, and happiness,
and shows us another possibility."
~ p119 Lovingkindness by Sharon Salzberg, Shambhala 1995
Antony: I'm sleeping around 12 hours a day.
These quotes make me feel that practicing mudita
offers a possibility of happiness
even if I lose my bed for 16 hours a day.
Thanissaro Bhikkhu explains:
"It's not like the Buddha is gonna starve you.
He gives you an alternative pleasure.
And in the beginning it's hard
because the mind doesn't seem
to want to settle down and work toward it.
So in the beginning you're going on faith,
you're going on conviction
that this is something you really should want.
And that right there seems to be a contradiction in terms:
//should// and //want//.
We think of wanting as something that happens naturally.
But you can induce a desire.
And that's what you try to do."
From: Generating Desire by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
With metta / Antony.